5 Oz-Approved 100-Calorie Snacks

Find out which low calorie snacks Dr. Oz recommends.

5 Oz-Approved 100-Calorie Snacks

While the concept of a 100-calorie snack is very tempting, not all snacks are created equal. As food journalist and author Mark Schatzker discovered, highly-processed foods will make you feel hungrier faster than nutritious fiber-filled foods. In some cases, certain snack packs can actually lead to people packing on the pounds, since these pre-portioned treats give the illusion of control and lead to overeating down the road. If you are looking for a healthy snack for minimal calories, follow our formula: protein + fiber and a bit of indulgence. Here are our five picks.

More: 100-Calorie Snack Cheat Sheet


Chocolate Almond Covered Strawberries

If you’re craving dessert, this is the 100-calorie snack for you. The almonds in this treat provide the protein, the strawberries provide the fiber, and the dark chocolate adds indulgence. Snack on these in between meals or enjoy them after lunch or dinner, just make sure to stick to two strawberries to not go over your calorie budget.

More: 100-Calorie Chocolate and Almond Covered Strawberries

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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